ERIC Number: ED215047
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Research on Selection Methods and Programming for Advanced Black Students at the Secondary Level of Education. Final Report.
Sanders, James R.; And Others
This research investigated the phenomenon of underrepresentation of blacks in advanced level secondary school courses in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Initial interviews revealed that the problem of racial imbalance in advanced level courses was not one of identifying black gifted youth or of offering attractive programs for them, but of black children choosing not to take demanding advanced course work. A comprehensive literature review and surveys among teachers, students, school personnel, parents, and residents in the Shaker Heights school district and in other school districts provided information on perceptions of the major problems in the advanced placement system, yielded suggestions for improving the system, and examined the factors thought to influence student selection of courses and curriculum. Among the variables identified as influential in black students' course selection were teacher, parent, counselor, and peer influence, student motivation, school success and failure, and lack of information about options. Exploration of educational interventions to correct racial imbalance in high level course enrollments provided several options for support and development programs, and indicated the need for a strong commitment to educational intervention strategies on the part of the local school board. (Author/MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Shaker Heights City School District, OH.
Identifiers: Shaker Heights Schools OH
Note: Funded by the Program of Research Grants on Desegregation.